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Physical Education A-Level at Ashton Community Science College

Course description

Are you ...

  • passionate about sport?
  • driven to find out how you can improve your performance?
  • interested in how our bodies push themselves to their physical peak?
  • keen to understand what gives Olympic champions the psychological edge over their competitors?
  • intrigued by why nearly one billion people would watch a single sporting event?

If the answer is yes, then Physical Education is the subject for you.

The course is extremely diverse, it allows you to explore and enhance your own sporting ability, but also bridges the academic divide between the arts and sciences.

Course content

The course follows the AQA examining board PE specification and is focused on relating theory to sport and its impact on performance. There are four distinct sections of the syllabus:

  • Applied Physiology in which you will explore many topics including specialised training, nutrition, sports injuries, biomechanics, as well as looking in detail at how the respiratory, cardiovascular systems and energy systems function and respond to exercise.
  • Sports Psychology in which you will discover how the brain is behind our performance and how you can use psychological techniques to gain that extra yard
  • The Sociological Background and Impact of Sport. Here you will not only learn about the origins of sport but also the huge impact that sport has on society, and why it is a multi billion pound industry. There are many fascinating topic areas including, the role of sports organisations, drugs in sport, hooliganism, and sport's relationship with business and the media.
  • Performing and Analysing your Own Sports Performance. This is the practical element where you will perform and evaluate your performance as a player, coach or official.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ashton Community Science College directly.

Last updated date: 14 April 2015
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